Blends Soft Serve Creations sets their frozen treats apart and puts the power of invention in the hands of the people by offering them the chance to blend individual flavors into their own new creation. Patrons can choose a base of ice cream or frozen yogurt or opt for a smoothie or fruit-juice freeze to sip through a straw. Next, they can infuse the treat with one or a combination of 30 available flavors, including watermelon, cinnamon spice, and peach, and top it off with candy and fruit mix-ins. Blends also lists its recommendations for tasty treats that have passed flavor-quality and brain-freeze-probability tests, including cake-batter ice cream topped with vanilla-wafer crumbles and sprinkles, and fruit punch with cherry and orange flavors, highlighted by cherry, strawberry, and raspberry mix-ins.
Entrepreneur Smita Salgaonkar has crafted Indian-inspired ice creams for more than 10 years at the brightly pigmented Saffron Spot shop, scooping more than two dozen exotic flavors into cups and cones. The signature saffron silk flavor sings notes of rose and pistachio as it melts in mouths, while fruity blends such as guava and jackfruit roll around the edges of the tongue like flavorful marbles. Milk shakes join any ice-cream flavor with milk and straws, while hot drinks include coffee beverages and almond-flavored badam milk.
Faced with an array of plump armchairs, antique tables and couches, and shelves lined with old books under glowing chandeliers, visitors may think they’ve mistakenly wandered into a 19th-century study. That’s when the open laptops, rotating gallery of local artwork, and smell of rich, foamy lattes bring them into the present.
Such is the scene at The Library A Coffee House, one of ABC7’s Top 7 Coffee Houses of 2011 in LA. Here, baristas prepare a menu of drip coffee and espresso drinks. Though americanas and cappuccinos keep eyes wide open to peruse the used books on sale, the Vanilla Goddess is by far the local favorite, featuring a swirl of white chocolate, vanilla, and espresso diluted with steamed milk and served on ice, hot, or in the acoustic guitar of the local bands that play each Friday night. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight regularly, the café's food menus fit the bill at any hour of the day, whole bean coffees leave the store by the half or full pound.
The Sup Cafe and shop furnish surf 'n' turf enthusiasts with stand-up paddleboards, lessons, and hearty caloric energy from their convenient beach location. Spend an aqueous hour on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with the shop’s wide variety of boards, from entry-level stable cruisers to 12-pound racing machines. Stand-up paddleboarding, the groovy great-great-grandmother of modern surfing, uses a one-bladed paddle for skimming across the waves and awkward jousting matches with armed seagulls. Though stand-up paddleboarding is an invigorating activity for most hominids, those younger than 12 or unable to swim proficiently must don a personal flotation device.
The Daily Grind features specialty coffees that earned the 2011 Roaster of the Year Award from Roast Magazine. Our exceptional single origin and coffee blends are brought to you from boutique farms around the world.
DG also features a full compliment of baked goods and fare that are made fresh daily.